A Systems Approach for Wheelset and Traction Control

T. X. Mei, R. M. Goodall, A. H. Wickens

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This paper presents the first part of a systems approach for the control of rail wheelset dynamics and traction, which studies interactions between the two sub-systems and explores potential benefits of integrated approaches in terms of the wheelset stability, curving performance and effect of tractive effort. The study is carried out based on a two-axle vehicle configuration developed in a study of the mechatronic approach for rail vehicles. A passively-stabilised vehicle with powered axles is used as a basis for performance comparison, but this paper concentrates upon active control solutions and their effect on the provision of traction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-266
Number of pages10
JournalVehicle System Dynamics
Issue numberSUPPL.
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


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